Coffee Hour: Pursuing a Passion: Development of a Program in Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Refreshments offered at 3:30 p.m. in 319 Walker Building. Talk begins at 4:00 p.m. in 112 Walker Building
Dr. Thomas Colledge initiated Humanitarian Engineering efforts at Penn State University in 1998 where he serves as assistant professor of Engineering Design.  The multifaceted effort evolved to engage students and faculty in scholarly endeavors to alleviate problems experienced by marginalized communities around the world.  The program involves curricular integration, research thrusts, multi-disciplinary design/build projects, as well as K-12 outreach efforts and student learning communities.  The program has recently been renamed Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE)

To disseminate results of such efforts both at Penn State and across the world, Tom founded the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, an open access journal, in 2006. A primary purpose of the Journal is to nurture scholarly efforts in humanitarian engineering, social entrepreneurship, and service learning in engineering as a distinct body of knowledge.  Another more perilous objective was to facilitate community building and nurture similar efforts across the country. 


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